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What’s a Pound of Flesh Among Friends?

The Serpent of Venice, by Christopher Moore – Moore’s latest novel is a follow-up to his earlier Fool, a take on Shakespeare’s King Lear. This one combines elements of two plays, The Merchant of Venice and Othello, both of which … Continue reading

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Serendipity, My Dear Watson

The daily e-mail I get from Wikipedia mentioned about a week ago that the word “serendipity” was first used in a letter Horace Walpole dated 28 January 1754. The word has come to signify unintended good fortune, but where did … Continue reading

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Somewhere Renowned for Its Canals and Color Red

The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury – I’ve had a copy of this book lying around for a while, and yes, I decided to finally read it after Bradbury died. Typical, huh? Rather than a consistent narrative, the book is … Continue reading

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You Be Alien

The idea of life on other planets (or, in some cases, planetoids) is one that has been in the public consciousness since we knew other worlds existed. Perhaps you could say they even predate that, as myth-makers have always proposed … Continue reading

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